I went to Unity Christian High School. Then, I attended Calvin College and graduated with a degree in elementary education. I also received a triple minor in English, Math, and Early Childhood Education. In 2010 I obtained a Master’s Degree in Literacy.
- Hudsonville Christian – 2 years in first and second grade
- Lansing Christian – 4 years in second grade
- Ada Christian – 1 year as a long-term sub and 1 year in first grade
- Dutton Christian – 8 years in first grade, now currently working the last 2 years as an RTI coach and teaching 8th grade literature
My husband Brad and I have been married for 17 years. We have a son named Ethan who is in seventh grade at DCS. We have a son named Nolan who is in sixth grade. And we have a little girl named Addyson who is in first grade. We currently attend Providence Christian Reformed Church. We enjoy spending time together as a family. One of our favorite places to go is to the beach.
Why I became a Christian school teacher
I went to a Christian school all of my life. I feel that it is a privilege to be able to share my faith with my students and colleagues every day. I love that fact that I can continue to grow as a Christian each and every day in this Christian school environment. It is exciting for me to watch my own children receive a Christian education and talk about their love for Jesus at home as well.
An example of how I integrate faith into my classroom
I think it is so important to build relationships with the students that I come in contact with every day. I want them to feel loved and respected, and see me living out my faith in my interactions with them. I believe that every child is created in God’s image, and it is my job to encourage them as they grow and learn.
While I was at Calvin College, both my dad and my sister were there too getting their education degrees. At the age of 50, my dad decided that he wanted to become a teacher. I graduated first, my dad graduated the next year, and my sister graduated the following year. Now we are all teachers!